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Introduction of resistance training in Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Author(s): Susana Hernández García | José Mustelier | Roberto González Guerra | Eduardo Rivas Estany | Lidia Rodríguez Nande | Juan Antonio Álvarez Gómez

Journal: Revista Cubana de Cardiología y Cirugía Cardiovascular
ISSN 0864-2168

Volume: 18;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 24;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Resistance training | cardiac rehabilitation | muscle strength

Introduction The use of high intensity resistance training in cardiac rehabilitation programs has been controversial due to the cardiovascular complicationsthat could be generated. In recent times, there has been a reevaluation of its application even though at low intensity. For this reason,we have decided to introduce and evaluate it in our service.Method An observational, descriptive, prospective and longitudinal study was carried out in 78 patients following Acute Coronary Syndrome. Allwere male patients with an average age of 54,3 years. A follow-up was conducted after 6 months of introducing resistance training. Differentvariables such as amount of weight lifted, peak oxygen consumption and functional class were evaluated along with security variables:systolic arterial pressure and electrocardiographic alterations.Results There was an increase in the amount of weight lifted in all the muscle groups, principally Biceps 16 kg; Deltoids 17.9 kg and Quadriceps28,9kg. The average systolic arterial pressure measurements were never above the normal range at rest (

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